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Sign up for daily news updates from CleanTechnica on email. Or follow us on Google News! On the southern shore of Lake Michigan, a university and a steel plant are working on the same problem. With technical and financial support from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), both organizations are trying to clear a major obstacle on America’s path to a clean energy economy: the decarbonization of our heavy industries. Staff from IEDO, PNW, and Cleveland-Cliffs pose in front of an industrial furnace at the Indiana Harbor complex in Northwest Indiana, one of the largest steelmaking facilities in North America.…

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There’s no longer an expiry date on Mercedes-Benz combustion engines. Due to the recent trends of slower-than-expected demand for EVs, the German automaker is recalibrating its EV transition pace, cutting down the number of electric models it expects to sell by 2030 in half, the brand announced today in an investor statement. Earlier, Mercedes-Benz had pledged to go fully electric by 2030, and permanently consign its combustion engines to the history books by then. But it now plans to continue selling ICE cars well into the next decade. It has halved its EV goals, and pure electric models and hybrids…

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2024 is shaping up to be a make-it-or-break-it year for any automaker in the EV game. GM is no exception. Its Ultium platform rollout still isn’t going all that well. As a result, it’s pivoting to a more diverse portfolio that includes hybrids. The Goliath is shifting some of its EV plans and supposedly canceling some of its more interesting products in the pipeline, too, according to a new report from Autoweek. Autoweek reports that GM is low-key in crisis mode, rejiggering its full-size truck program to accommodate a PHEV model. It’s not clear what kind of PHEV this will be. It could…

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Headlining today’s green deals is the one-day discount on the OKAI Ranger Electric Bike for $1,300. It is joined by the Jackery home backup sale that has moved over to its Amazon storefront and is taking up to $700 off power stations, solar panels, and bundles, as well as the Velotric Go 1 Utility e-bike at $1,299. Plus, all of the other best new Green Deals landing this week. Head below for other New Green Deals we’ve found today and, of course, Electrek’s best EV buying and leasing deals. Also, check out the new Electrek Tesla Shop for the best deals on Tesla accessories.…

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Recently, I drove from Breckenridge back to San Francisco over two days. At the start of the month, I did the same drive but in the other direction. The weather and traffic were variable, as was the quality of the innumerable podcasts I listened to. But there was one constant: I cursed Electrify America the whole way. To be clear, Electrify America chargers got me where I needed to go. I never once wasn’t able to charge and, while one charger broke the chip on my credit card (I will never know how), I didn’t experience the mass outages or…

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GM may soon have Chevy and GMC plug-in hybrid pickups. Dodge considers EVs that have much more than a V-8 soundtrack. And the Honda Prologue remixes GM’s Ultium into its own gateway EV. This and more, here at Green Car Reports.  In a first drive of the 2024 Honda Prologue EV, we found that this roomy, refined, and feature-packed electric crossover fits in just fine as an establishing statement toward flashier Honda EVs arriving in the near future.  According to a patent filing made last year and recently found via a Mopar fan site, parent company Stellantis may be considering…

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Sign up for daily news updates from CleanTechnica on email. Or follow us on Google News! Just a few months ago the US offshore wind industry seemed to be headed for the rocks, accompanied by much cheering on the part of groups opposed to renewable energy. Well, that was then. The industry is on track to replace all the contracts that faltered last year, and then some, to the tune of up to 15.5 gigawatts in new capacity. What Really Killed New Jersey’s Offshore Wind Plans Last Year? New Jersey provides a good illustration of the pitfalls that befell the…

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General Motors has cancelled plans for more electric vans and a Ford Maverick-sized electric pickup trucks as it undertakes a “crash program” to launch plug-in hybrid pickups, Autoweek reported Tuesday. The automaker has nixed electric replacements for the ancient Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana vans based on the BrightDrop electric delivery van, according to the report, which cited anonymous sources familiar with the matter. BrightDrop EV600 It’s unclear where this places GM’s BrightDrop unit, which was due to develop a smaller model below its Zevo 400 (originally named EV410). GM has paused production at the Canadian plant for the electric…

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Dodge has long hinted that its electric muscle car—which is due to be revealed in production form March 5—will be screaming loud. But a patent filing hints that it may also vibrate like it has a V-8. First spotted by Mopar Insiders (via Jalopnik), Dodge parent Stellantis has filed a patent application for an “Active Vibration Enhancement” system that would “generate vibrations within the vehicle’s structure.” Teaser image of electric Dodge Charger successor According to Mopar Insiders, the system would rely on a scaled-up version of the haptic generators used in smartphones, which vibrate to replicate the sensation of a…

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China’s auto market saw seasonal weakness in February as the 2024 Lunar New Year holiday fell in mid-February, the CPCA noted. China’s new energy vehicle (NEV) sales will continue to plummet in February due to the Chinese New Year holiday, according to the China Passenger Car Association (CPCA). In February, retail sales of passenger NEVs in China are expected to be around 380,000 units, down 43 percent from January, according to estimates released today by the China Passenger Car Association (CPCA). Retail sales of passenger NEVs in January were 667,000 units, up 101.8 percent year-on-year, the CPCA said. The sales…

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